Aji Dulce’ Sweet Pepper

Capsicum chinense

This pepper has small pods that look like habaneros but usually without the heat, although there is an occasional hot one. It is commonly used as one of the main ingredients in sofrito – the flavour base for many sauces and stews in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine – and is particularly popular in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Peppers do well planted next to the house, in a greenhouse, or in a pot that is protected during the Winter (ideal to maintain soil temps above 65℉).

Water: Moderate

Hardiness: Frost Tender

Habit: In our area, peppers can be made to perennialize when protected from frost in the Winter. 'Aji Dulce' will grow into a small shrub 4' tall by 2' wide, or smaller if kept in a pot or cut back.

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Fertile, well- draining soil

Origin: Originally from the Peruvian Amazon and domesticated in Mexico and the Caribbean

Aji Dulce’ Sweet Pepper